Will Falcons, others avoid losing draft picks this year?

Thomas Dimitroff, Arthur Blank and Dan Quinn are awaiting word from NFL. (Curtis Compton, AJC)

Thomas Dimitroff, Arthur Blank and Dan Quinn are awaiting word from NFL. (Curtis Compton, AJC)

Thomas Dimitroff, Arthur Blank and Dan Quinn are awaiting word from NFL. (Curtis Compton, AJC)

I realize by typing this, I’ve probably increased the chances that the Falcons, New England and Cleveland all are going to be docked draft picks this year for assorted alleged infractions. But at the risk of adding one plus one and getting 103, is it possible nobody will lose any picks this season?

The NFL released the full order of the draft Tuesday night. It was a little bit of a surprise because the league has yet to announce its findings and possible fines and draft pick penalties in three investigations: 1) Whether the Falcons pumped artificial noise through the speaker system during games at the Georgia Dome; 2) Whether the Patriots intentionally deflated footballs; 3) Whether a Browns’ executive sent text messages to a coach on the sideline.

Would the league release the entire draft order, only to then change it soon after? (The results of all three investigations are expected to be released in the next week or so.)

If teams are not going to be docked picks this year, there are two possibilities:

• Teams will be fined but not lose picks.

• Teams will lose picks in the 2016 draft.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank told our D. Orlando Ledbetter that he was “embarrassed and angered” over the noise investigation, which is as close as one can come to publicly admitting guilt.

The three-day draft will be held April 30 to May 2 in Chicago. The Falcons have eight draft picks, including an extra seventh rounder from a trade with St. Louis last year. The breakdown: first round (eighth overall), second (42nd), third (73rd), fourth (107th), fifth (146th), sixth (184th), seventh (225nd and 249th).


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23 comments
Wilbo
Wilbo

The Three Stooges

Wilbo
Wilbo

Schoooltzee! Please, buddy, put up another column! Are you like on vacation or something? On an extended drunk, maybe? What gives? It's so annoying to have to see this pic of that 1/2 wit goofy dweeb Arturo Blank... Post something! Anything.....

UGA76
UGA76

It Mr. Blank had any common sense, he would use the crowd noise as an excuse to fire Fantasy Football Dimitroff.  Then he could have a case to plead to the league that the team was policing themselves and had fired the person responsible.  The NCAA teams do this self imposed sanctions all the time and a lot of time it works.


Does anybody out there think FFD is more important than a 2nd or 3rd round draft pick?

Wilbo
Wilbo

@UGA76 Blank - common sense? You ARE a dreamer.


Wilbo
Wilbo

Please post another article so that goober dweeb, Artie Blank won't be sitting there at the top of your page...

Wilbo
Wilbo

Isn't Arthur the sleaziest, most dim-witted looking owner you've ever seen in professional sports?

DanJohn
DanJohn

PFT said that the chatter at the combine was the Falcons losing a 2nd or 3rd round pick plus a fine.

BravesFan79
BravesFan79

I knew Demetrioff didnt really care about the long -term of the Falcons when he didnt trade half a year of Tony Gonzalez to the Chiefs for a 4th or 5th round draft pick.  (Yes the Chiefs were offering, they wanted their hero back for a Super Bowl run... it was on ESPN Insiders).  

This just goes to further show his arrogance and uncaring.  That you would risk loosing draft picks by doing something stupid in a year where the ONLY thing worth playing for was draft position!

Anyone still complaining about not making the playoffs and trading places with the Panthers now  (8 to 20)??   Didnt think so!  

Dman
Dman

The fake crowd noise was obvious several games this season. I noticed it and didn't know it was illegal. When the Falcons were down and there wasn't much excitement, the noise went from nothing to WHHHAAAAA...

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

@Dman Yet Arthur Blank, Rich McKay and Thomas Dimitroff never noticed. 

                  AMAZING !

Wilbo
Wilbo

An empty stadium is the most appropriate response to these fruitcakes.


atlppal
atlppal

Interesting..... They should loose draft picks for CHEATING AND STILL LOSING!!! Boasting a 10-22 record over the past two seasons and its call noise gate???????? This seasons' theme for the FALCANTS will come from a local rapper's hit song........TURN IT DOWN FOR WHAT??????? LOL

doolie1
doolie1

Its not in the leagues best interest to take draft picks(meaningful) from the Falcons(or any teams that underperform). They want interest in the NFL high in cities like Atlanta and taking a higher pick that damages the Falcons chances of improving hurts the NFL product.

gfw
gfw

Blank has been annoyingly ambiguous about who (Dimitroff, Pioli, Quinn, himself) is finally responsible for the selection of players in FA and the draft, but it SEEMS from various things he has said that TD still has the final say.  If this is true, then if we lose a draft pick because of "noise-gate," it doesn't really matter as much as it would if we had a normal, competent GM making the picks. 

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

Our Long National Football League Nightmare is far from over. The artificial crowd noise process has backfired on the Blank-Dimitroff administration.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Don't worry, TD can GM his game!  He has a process, you know, and word is we will receive the Browns lost pick.  TD can really GM crowd noise, you wait and see!


He really does look like he jumped into this photo at the last second from behind some parked cars in the lot.

Whiznot
Whiznot

Mr. Blank please sell the Falcons to someone who isn't an idiot. Aren't you getting tired of your pathetic and futile ego trip?

Dasdguy
Dasdguy

AB classic 'once more into the breach' pain staking grin...........

JONBONBON
JONBONBON

Tommy D still needs that haircut

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

The artificial fake pumped-in crowd noise buck stops with the failed management of the GM Dimitroff..